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05-30-13 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on May 30, 2013

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Greeley, CO    Thu May 30, 2013    USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News

Colorado Hay Report

Compared to last week: Hay prices are steady, as producers in the Northeast
areas of the state have began cutting new crop alfalfa hay.  According to USDA-
NASS, first cutting of alfalfa is 9 percent complete this compared to 34 percent
at the same time last year.  NASS shows 90 percent of the alfalfa crop rated in
fair to excellent condition, with only 10 percent of the crop in poor to very
poor condition so far.  Moisture and conditions are still extremely variable
across the state.  According to the US Drought Monitor, the Northern regions of
the state are mostly classified in the severe drought category.  The Southern
regions of the state are exceptionally dry when compared to the Northern
Regions.  The US Drought Monitor has the Southeast area of the state completely
classified in the exceptional drought category which is the worst drought
classification on the scale.  Along with limited moisture, the Southwest corner
of the state has yet to warm up this spring as temperatures have only been
getting into the 70’s during the day and dipping down around freezing at night
which has l growth in some alfalfa fields.
If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: http://www.coloradoagriculture.com.  All prices
reported FOB the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices reflect load lots
of hay from the most recent sales.

Northeast Colorado Areas
Alfalfa
Large Squares: Supreme 250.00-275.00, 280.00-300.00 del; Good to Premium
225.00-250.00.
Ground and Delivered: Premium 275.00-285.00; Fair 250.00.
Grass
Small Squares: Premium 350.00-450.00 (12.00-14.00 per bale).
Corn Stalks
Large Rounds: 85.00-100.00, 110.00-125.00 del.
CRP Hay
Large Squares: 120.00-140.00.
Straw
Large Squares: 100.00.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Southeast Colorado Areas
Alfalfa
Large Squares: Supreme 225.00-250.00; Good to Premium 220.00-225.00; Fair to
Good 200.00-210.00.
Small Squares: Premium 275.00-300.00 (9.00-10.00 per bale).
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

San Luis Valley Area
Alfalfa
Large Squares: Supreme 230.00-240.00; Good to Premium 200.00-225.00.
Small Squares: Supreme 250.00-270.00 (8.00-9.00 per bale).
Oat Hay
Large Squares: 180.00-190.00.
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Southwest Colorado Areas
Alfalfa
Large Squares: Supreme 230.00-245.00, instances 250.00-260.00; Premium
200.00-225.00.
Small Squares: Premium 275.00-300.00 (8.00-10.00 per bale).
Grass
Small Squares: Premium 300.00 (9.00 per bale).
No reported quotes from other classes of hay.

Mountains and Northwest Colorado Areas
Grass
Large Squares: Premium 250.00-300.00; Fair to Good 200.00-215.00.
Small Squares: Premium 300.00-350.00 (8.00-10.00 per bale).
No reported quotes for other classes of hay.

Contracted Hay, Haylage, and Corn Silage
Northeast Colorado Areas
Fob/  Total            Hay        Bale        RFV/DM/
Del    Price    Tons    Type      Size          NEL
No reported contract quotes.

Contracts are not indicative to other regions of the state and do not pertain
to the cash market.  The term “Season” Means that as long as the hay meets the
contract requirements the buyer takes delivery on every cutting in that
particular year.  All contracts are marketed on a per ton basis. Prices figured
on a per ton basis or a per point basis (.xx times the RFV).
* – When priced on a per point basis.
* – NEL basis for corn silage

Haylage is based on 88 percent dry matter.  Haylage formula most often used
(Haylage wet ton x percent dry matter/88 percent = 12 percent baled hay).
Haylage to be cut on an approximate 28 to 32 day cutting rotation.  Quoted
standing in the field.

Corn Silage 30-32 percent dry matter.  Based at .70 to .72 net energy for
lactation (NEL).  Silage can be quoted standing in the field or delivered to the
pit. ** All information is a basis for every contract and applies unless
otherwise stated**

Alfalfa guidelines (domestic livestock use and not more than 10 pct grass)
Quality      ADF      NDF      RFV      TDN-100 pct  TDN-90 pct  CP
Supreme      <27      <34      >185        >62          >55.9      >22
Premium      27-29    34-36    170-185    60.5-62        54.5-55.9  20-22
Good        29-32    36-40    150-170      58-60        52.5-54.5  18-20
Fair        32-35    40-44    130-150      56-58        50.5-52.5  16-18
Utility      >35      >44      <130        <56          <50.5      <16

RFV calculated using the WI/MN formula.  TDN calculated using the western
formula.  Quantitative factors are approximate and many factors can affect
feeding value.  Values based on 100 pct dry matter.

Quantitative factors are approximate, and many factors can affect feeding
value.  Values based on 100 pct dry matter.  End usage may influence hay price
or value more than testing results.

Grass Hay guidelines
Quality      Crude Protein Percent
Premium            Over 13
Good                  9-13
Fair                  5-9
Utility            Under 5

Source:  USDA-CO Dept of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO
Tess Norvell 970-353-9750 Greeley.LGMN@ams.usda.gov
http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/GL_GR310.txt
http://marketnews.usda.gov/portal/lg

0930M  tmn

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